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Hey guys,

Do sound cards now a days use the same slots on mobo's as graphics cards? PCI express 2.0?

Basically what I want to know, is if I want to 2-way SLI nvidia cards, would I need a 3rd PCI express 2.0 slot for a sound card?

Also, would you guys recommend the Sennheiser HD 555's for a headset in the sub $130 price range, and what clip on mic would you recommend with it?
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No,

They use the smaller PCIx1 ports, about an inch long, although, I think you can use the longer ports if you wanted.

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This. ^ I doubt sound cards send enough information to warrant using a faster PCI-E slot than x1 (though I expect there are some x4 ones around).
 
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Note that any PCI-E slot can be used at it's size or smaller, a x16 or a x8 will fit a x1
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This. ^ I doubt sound cards send enough information to warrant using a faster PCI-E slot than x1 (though I expect there are some x4 ones around).
Nah,

They don't saturate PCI, let alone PCI-E x4... lol
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PCI-E is still better though because their bandwidth is slot dedicated so if you have some monster Raid array flooding your other PCI slot you may run into issues with a PCI sound card. Though very improbable.
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I seriously doubt that as well, remember you can still buy high end sound cards that run perfectly on PCI.

In short, you'll not really have any issues in any setup.
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pci express sound cards can be plugged in any pciexpress 2x, 4x, 8, and 16x slot. you can put it in a pcie 2.0 or 1.0 slot as same as the for the video card. For headset i recommend the Steelseries 5Hv2 is better for gaming and its cheaper.
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Unlike graphics, sound cards just don't move enough data to matter, best card for the money
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pci express sound cards can be plugged in any pciexpress 2x, 4x, 8, and 16x slot. you can put it in a pcie 2.0 or 1.0 slot as same as the for the video card. For headset i recommend the Steelseries 5Hv2 is better for gaming and its cheaper.
How comfortable is the 5Hv2? And the audio quality is better for gaming? Gotta at the least be better than the Razer Carcharias, that's what I've got right now and I'd like an upgrade in sound quality, although I'm satisfied with what I have right now, I just wanna know what's available for even better sound quality for when I build a rig soon.

And then back to the mobo slots, thanks for the info guys ^_^ Much appreciated.

And as an example, one of those sexy new black and green mobo's from Asus designed for the bulldozer CPU's would be able to support 2 graphics cards and a sound card, correct? Depending on the price of them when I am ready to build, those are what I'm considering for a mobo and of course BD as my CPU. So long as the Mobo's will support SLI. Of course won't be surprised if they don't, they are meant for AMD CPU's after all
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